11 Charts Only Ghostbusters Fans Will Understand (And 3 Only Women Will)

The year was 1984. There was something strange in the neighborhood - New York City to be precise - and city dwellers knew exactly who to call: The Ghostbusters. The new, all-female remake has brought controversy among fans, but there is one group that may see real-world benefits from the casting choice: Women in STEM.

Who You Gonna Call?

Ghostbusters

Is There Something Strange?

If “No” - Don’t Call.

If “Yes” - Is it in your neighborhood?

If “No” - Don’t Call.

If “Yes” - Does it not look good?

If “No” - Don’t Call.

If “Yes” - Call Ghostbusters.

Cockroach Size Vs. Need For Ghostbusters

The greater the cockroach size, the greater the need for Ghostbusters.

Amount of Psychokinetic Energy in NYC

Usually, a twinkie is 3.9 inches and 1.35 ounces.

On the verge of a fourfold crossrept, a twinkie is 35 feet and 600 pounds.

A Look At Mass Hysteria

Dogs, cats, and human sacrifice all overlap at mass hysteria.

Demigods’ Jobs

Correct Answer to “Are You A God?”

100% Yes

Likelihood That You Have A Ghost

TV turns on by itself (25% likelihood)

Eggs cook on the counter (50% likelihood)

Fridge is growling (75% likelihood)

Zuul is in your fridge (100% likelihood)

What Happens When You Cross Streams?

What Doesn’t Happen

What Does Happen

Why Worry?

  1. Ghosts
  2. Getting fired
  3. Girlfriend is possessed
  4. Each of us is wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back

Destructor Suggestions

Not Suggested

Suggested

Seeing Is Believing

Understandably, people are more than a little excited for the “Ghostbusters” remake. The original film was one of the great comedies of its generation, but we’re ready to see some women take on these iconic roles and increase the number of female STEM characters on the big screen. According to the White House, there is currently a huge disparity between men and women when it comes to portraying STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—professionals in family films, and the divide only gets greater when comparing computer scientists and engineers.

Depictions of Women in STEM Professions in Family Films

17% Women vs 83% Men

Depictions of Women As Computer Scientists And Engineers in Family Films

6.5% Women vs 93.5% Men

Real World Implications

With numbers like these, it is no surprise that the STEM workforce is made up primarily of men. Representation matters. Children’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman said, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” and the number of women in the STEM workforce is proof of that fact.

Women In The Stem Workforce

24% Women vs 76% Men

It’s not all bad though, the percentage of women in STEM is on the rise. Groups like The Representation Project and Women’s Media Center are working to change the portrayal of women in the media. Meanwhile, organizations like the White House Council on Women and Girls and Girls Who Code are working to educate women in STEM fields.

Currently, 41 percent of students enrolled in Analytics@American, Kogod’s online Master of Science in Analytics, are women. We’re working toward a more equal STEM workforce, and we’re glad that the Ghostbusters are joining the fight!

Sources:
www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/imageofstemdepictiondoc_02102016_clean.pdf
www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/womeninstemagaptoinnovation8311.pdf


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